Writer: Alison Cross (Screenplay) Jeff Ashton (Story)
Starring: Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Mitchell, Oscar Nunez, Marisa Ramirez, Kevin Dunn, Virginia Welch,
Plot: Florida District Attorney prosecutes Casey Anthony in a murder trial that shocked and enraged the American public.
Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Standard TV Movie
Story: Prosecuting Casey Anthony starts as the news about a missing child has taken over the headlines, lawyer Jeff Ashton (Lowe) has been assigned to take the case to court, with his team including Linda Drane Burdick (Mitchell), with Jose Baez (Nunez) taking the case for the defence.
As the case starts the trial, Jeff must put his team together for a trial which is filled with twists along the way, with us wondering if the truth will be told before it is too late.
Thoughts on Prosecuting Casey Anthony
Characters – Jeff Ashton is the experienced lawyer that takes the case, believing it will be an easy conviction, he trusts his team to get enough to win the case, he walks in confident, though through the film we see how he is reflecting on his defeat in the case. Linda is part of the team with Jeff, she leads the questioning, she is on full support that the case will play out by itself too. Jose Baez is the defence lawyer that believes everybody deserves a voice in court, he needs complete conviction before letting anybody be found guilty, with his experience put into question, it could also be his chance to make himself famous with the case.
Performances – Rob Lowe brings a big name to the film, he does a good job in the leading role, bring a lawyer figure we would all know and expect to see in this film, Elizabeth Mitchell supports him well through the film too, with Oscar Nunez make for good opposition for him.
Story – The story here follows the prosecution team looking to get a conviction on the mother of a dead child and seeing how the case unfolds. The story is based on the real incident, the real trial, so if you know the outcome of the trial, you will know the story. Sadly, if you don’t, the story gives away the outcome early on with the reflection scenes that Jeff is going through with an interview, looking back on the trial. We also don’t seem to get into the truth enough, which shows us how difficult the case would have been to put to trial.
Settings – The film is mostly set in the courtroom, which shows reactions to everything that is going on, it isn’t the biggest case like the media side seems to show, which doesn’t help with the size of the courtroom.
Scene of the Movie – George’s testimony.
Final Thoughts –This is a TV standard movie that just doesn’t give us the answers we required, it would have been more interesting in documentary format, because it gives away the outcome too early.
Overall: Basic TV Drama.